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Nissan boss confident UK will negotiate Brexit deal to safeguard plant's future

The chairman and CEO of car giant Renault-Nissan has said he is confident Britain will negotiate a deal on its exit from the EU that will safeguard the future of Nissan's plant in Sunderland.

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Former ferry workers found guilty of drug smuggling

Two former ferry workers who operated as "guns for hire" for criminal gangs have been found guilty of smuggling class A drugs into the UK from the Netherlands, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

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Ferry men were 'guns for hire' who smuggled drugs into UK from the Netherlands

Two former ferry workers who operated as "guns for hire" for criminal gangs have each been jailed for 16 years for smuggling class A drugs into the UK from the Netherlands, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

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Bus driver blames mechanical failure for fatal Darlington crash, court told

A bus driver accused of causing the death of a pensioner in a town centre crash blames mechanical failure for the collision, a court heard.

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Prosecutors to seek longer sentences for trio over disabled man's violent death

The Crown Prosecution Service is to appeal for longer jail sentences for three people convicted over the violent death of a man with learning difficulties.

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Price and rent pressures 'continuing to spread' in housing market

Housing market activity stuttered in December, but prices continued heading firmly upwards, according to surveyors.

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National Football Museum scores £100,000 funding boost

The world's largest collection of women's football memorabilia which documents the game's origins is to go on display in Manchester following a Government funding boost.

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New appeal into hit-and-run death of 83-year-old war veteran in 1991

The family of an 83-year-old Second World War veteran killed in a hit and run 25 years ago have made a fresh appeal for information.

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Helen Bailey murder accused told son two men had taken writer, court hears

The fiance of children's author Helen Bailey led his son to believe she had been "taken" by two violent men, a court heard.

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Terminally-ill Sunderland fan, five, chosen as Everton mascot

The family of a five-year-old Sunderland fan who is battling cancer thanked Premier League rivals Everton after the club picked him to be their mascot as millions of people watched.

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Murder accused tried to destroy evidence with gas explosion, court told

A penniless thief murdered a widow who had fostered more than 50 children then tried to destroy the evidence in an explosion, a court has heard.

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Vandals who ransacked family home sought by police

Police have appealed for help in catching vandals who trashed a family home while the owners were out for the day.

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Pregnant woman threw brick at axe-wielding 'killer clown'

A teenager who wore a clown mask and brandished an axe at a pregnant woman left her so scared she threw a brick at him, a court heard.

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Inmates found with copies of al Qaida magazine Inspire in prison

Prisoners have been caught with al Qaida magazine Inspire while in jail, new figures reveal.

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Widow who fostered more than 50 children murdered with cable, court told

A penniless thief murdered an elderly widow who had fostered over 50 children before using her phone to ring a sex chatline and then setting her house on fire, a court heard.

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Ex-Premier League star Nile Ranger admits £2,000 online banking fraud

Former Premier League striker Nile Ranger has admitted an online banking fraud after a woman was fleeced out of more than £2,000.

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Inventor hopes to save lives with his light-up school crossing 'lollipop' stick

An inventor says he has come up with a bright idea to save lives - a light-up school crossing patrol sign to make lollipop men and women more visible to drivers.

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Internet troll admits charges including anti-Semitic death threats to MP

An internet troll who made anti-Semitic death threats to a Labour MP has admitted further charges after sending abusive messages on Twitter.

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Sports Direct's Mike Ashley criticises shareholders who refused to back chairman

Mike Ashley has taken a swipe at Sports Direct shareholders who failed to back embattled chairman Keith Hellawell, while heaping praise on hedge fund boss Crispin Odey for his support.

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Armed man arrested after taking hostages at bookmakers

A man suspected of taking hostages at a bookmakers armed with a loaded sawn-off shotgun has been taken into custody.

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